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  1. 6 hours ago, MrFreckles said:

    I almost wonder if the main logo would look more era-specific if the cartoon head were placed on a baseball. Then maybe curve “Solons” around the baseball?


    Or you could curve the script and encase the whole thing in a baseball?

    That’s a good idea, I just didn’t want to make it exactly like the Padres off the bat. Maybe down the line I can explore that route.

    44 minutes ago, nick_crenshaw82 said:

    Are you combining the PCL with the Continental League? What names are you use for the Continental League? Will the PoD of the TL be 1958?

    I’m not sure about the specifics because my list is so big, but right now it’s imagining the teams of the PCL, CL, then a few more. I’m defaulting to minor league team names that existed prior to 1960, so it won’t be hard to figure out who I plan to do.


    on top of that, I have some ideas for non-AAA teams to make the jump in large markets. New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets come to mind, and I’m not talking about basketball

  2. This thread will be full of revisionist history. Some teams existed past the 1960 date, and have influenced my concepts slightly. I justify this because not every team has all 4 phases into history. The longer a team was around, the less I'm inclined to create concepts for. Some good examples are the Buffalo Bisons, and Portland Beavers(RIP).


    The Sacramento Solons are named after the Greek senator Solon, which was a reference to the California senators in the city. I took that as a sign to lean into the Greek symbolism. The Mets started the racing stripes trend in baseball in 1982. The MLB Solons would follow with a Greek pattern running all over the god damn place. The mascot logo of a bearded Solon is a bastard of if the Swinging Friar was the Orioles bird. The S logo is from Wikipedia. It's the first thing you see when you look into this team, and I cannot find the source outside Wiki. The 1970s Solons wore a block S logo, but I really liked the english S as the cap logo for Sacramento.



    Next: Sacramento Solons Phase 2.

  3. I can't quite place the genesis of this idea. For years I've kicked around an a spreadsheet with what the MLB would look like if the AAA Pacific Coast League, known for it's skill level in the 50s, evolved into a 3rd major league in 1958. The idea is fun because so much would be different if that ever happened. You'd have names like the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels still around, but then the Seattle Rainiers, Portland Beavers, and Sacramento Solons would continue to exist. 

    The Dodgers wanted to move west to LA, and brought the Giants with them, ultimately ending the possibility.


    A few weeks ago, i got lost in the thread about a third major league in the sports in general board. I didn't know this, but the Continental League was starting to form in 1960. Houston, Dallas, New York, Denver, Minnesota, Toronto, and Atlanta would all have team names that existed for decades, and Buffalo would have a Major League team. This was bound to happen, but didn't before MLB approved expansion to Los Angeles(Angels), and DC(post Twins move). The Mets(owned by William Shea, the leader of the Continental League), and Houston Colt 45's joined the next year.


    The team names have been dead for about as long as they existed in the first place. But what if the Continental League of Pacific Coast League ever formed to major league level?


    So that's where I come in.


    I noticed a trend with the expansion era MLB teams. It came and went with trends in graphic design, fashion, merchandising, and nostalgia.


    PHASE 1: A strong brand in the  70s and 80s. Establishes for decades without change, as teams create fans. Noticeable cartoony logos, bright colors, and simple design.Phase1.png

    PHASE 2: The world became dark, and extreme. Teams ditched their brands for expanded merchandise options and better t-shirt printing.


    PHASE 3: Turns out the 90s were rough on design, and it might be worth completely adjusting what defines your team.


    PHASE 4: People miss the simple design, and we can sell much more merchandise than we had been.



    Now, i'm certainly simplifying things. Not every team can fit into this formula. The Twins and Royals have refined their Phase 1. The Mariners need a refresh from their Phase 2 set. The Angels are in Phase 3 and I wish they'd bring back the California Angels branding. The Rockies are holding strong in Phase 2. The Marlins are sprinting towards this pattern. The Diamondbacks just love playing with colors.

    There's also this.



    How is this a concept? Well sit tight and continue reading.


  4. I like the more saturated colored logo personally. 

    I think you could throw a paper texture or ice texture on the back and lighten up the arena. I can't tell, but also make it multiply transparency, and do a gradient mask so it fades a little towards the players because the fans on the near side don't need to be there. I think the cut outs are good, if anything, make the blue players bigger, and get rid of the white shadow. Also squeeze the goalie and skater to hide them more, and maybe gradient mask the bottom of the pictures

    It's a really really good start but just need to take it further!

  5. It was Cricket, but I made connections to baseball to familiarize it and after that I became comfortable enough with it. The key is to actually watch the scores being built, because the format like 276/5 is nonsense at first.

    Then it was Aussie Rules. It looks like madness. But i did the same thing, and actually started playing with my local club.

  6. 12 hours ago, andrewharrington said:


    I think the club names sound much more mature. “Team Chrome” sounds like it belongs on the competition segment of a reality TV show.


    I’m glad the soccer clubs never went with “Team Celtic” or “Team Chelsea” all those decades ago. 🙂

    I want to be clear that I don't think Chrome is a good name🤣

  7. 15 hours ago, MJWalker45 said:

    I actually prefer this view because it makes it easier to set the logos and numbers on there. Heads up, adidas finally started putting the 3 stripes back on the front of the shorts again. 

    I think it might be overkill having 3 on the short and 2 on the tops, what do you guys think?


    15 hours ago, ThierryH14 said:

    This layout is so much better and cleaner. As for having a back version of the shorts, really no point with Adidas putting the three stripes back on the front. What layer issues are you having? Looking forward to the final product 

    A lot of selection issues. My Juve concept had me move the adidas logo, and the way it was grouped with other adidas stuff really made it hard to just simply change it. 

  8. 1 minute ago, LMU said:

    The Grand Prix seems to have been slowly declining. The celebrity race was axed a couple years back and Toyota bowed out as the title sponsor after last year’s race. The city getting 81 days of tax revenue vs one weekend might be the final nail in the coffin.

    To be fair, Toyota doesn't run in IndyCar anymore so it might be because of that. Acura now sponsors the race. Long Beach GP is still seen as one of the biggest races of the year, and even more they've looked into hosting F1 instead semi recently. Plus changing the layout of the track isn't necessarily unheard of http://racingcircuits.info/north-america/usa/long-beach.html#.XHWW31NKjOQ


    Also for a quick second I thought about the prospect of naming them the California Angels, before I realized they're Los Angeles still

  9. 16 hours ago, GDAWG said:

    So basically the AAF has two Nathan Peterman's in Simms and Hackenberg.

    Simms, to his credit, is 3rd in the league in yards. But has 2 TDs and 6 INTs. Hackenberg is a dumpster fire with 277 yards, no TDs and 3 INTS. John Wolford of Arizona had 2 yards less in the first game! He seems to be pretty good but got knocked out this weekend.

    Logan Woodside for San Antonio seems to be pretty bad too, but has 2nd most passing yards. 

    Luis Perez of Birmingham still doesn't have a passing TD for a 3-0 team. They've been giving it to Richardson up close, and their defense has been stout. 

    Gilbert is far and away the best QB in the league.